LOS ANGELES (AP) — “How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in a HBO movie about the abolitionist hero.

HBO said Monday that the project is based on the biography “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman,” by historian Kate Clifford Larson.

Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped in 1849 and led countless slaves from the South to freedom along the Underground Railroad.

An air date for the untitled project and other cast members were not announced.

The Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses for escaped slaves, is the subject of other announced TV projects.

They include a Stevie Wonder-produced miniseries for NBC, “Freedom Run,” and a WGN America drama, “Underground,” starring Christopher Meloni and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

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2 thoughts on “Viola Davis to Star as Harriet Tubman in HBO Movie

  1. Those of us that are old enough know the amazing story of Harriet Tubman. Our kids should be learning this in school. Do I want to see another movie about slaves? Hell to the nah. It’s a digression of sorts. How about a movie concerning what’s happening today that’s positive’; such as stories about successful Black people that young, old, and those in between can relate to today. And, NO I’m not saying we shouldn’t remember, nor acknowledge our history. What I am saying is that progress calls for not being (mired) (use as a crutch) what happened in the past

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